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Rio + 20 Earth Summit

7. July 2012

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Rio + 20 Earth Summit

Last week’s Rio + 20 Earth Summit saw Brazil play host to the world’s leaders to set the agenda on key issues around climate change policy. Global environmental organisations see the summit as a critical last chance to persuade the…

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Cazaderos – Progresso Campaign

7. July 2012

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Cazaderos – Progresso Campaign

This project will focus on tropical deciduous forests in Southwestern Ecuador. Tropical deciduous forests are special and unique ecosystems that are home to many different kinds of plants and animals.  The name of this type of forest means it is…

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Ice melt in Arctic quicker than normal

7. July 2012

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Ice melt in Arctic quicker than normal

…but it hasnt retreated as far as 2007. So what can we make of this news, given that the BBC story states: Researchers say projections of summer ice disappearing entirely within the next few years increasingly look wrong Walt Meier, a researcher at…

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Alaotra Grebe Extinct – BirdLife Story

29. May 2010

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Alaotra Grebe Extinct – BirdLife Story

Whilst not strictly a rainforest story, I wanted to blog about the extinction of the Alaotra Grebe. We have lost a species for ever. Shameful. Why not read Ade Long (BirdLife International Head of Communications) blog post and the associated comments.…

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James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss

22. October 2009

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James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss

Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.

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William Kamkwamba – The boy that harvested the wind

21. October 2009

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William Kamkwamba – The boy that harvested the wind

At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.

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TED – Inspiration to make a difference

20. October 2009

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TED – Inspiration to make a difference

Lewis Gordon Pugh loves to pioneer new swimming routes around or between landmarks once thought unswimmable. In 2006, he swam the drought-stricken Thames; also that year he became the first swimmer to do a long-distance swim in all five oceans of the world. The following year, he made the first long-distance swim across the North Pole -- where climate change made the ice temporarily disappear.

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The Copenhagen climate summit

19. September 2009

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The Copenhagen climate summit

The climate change summit in Copenhagen must secure a deal between the countries of the world to save our rainforests. It is thought that half of the world’s wildlife live in the tropical rainforests and as deforestation continues, species are being eradicated before they have even been discovered.

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Mimicking nature to create alternative energy

13. August 2009

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Mimicking nature to create alternative energy

Scientists are looking to nature for answers to the generation of alternative energy, such as solar power. Photosynthesis is the creation of energy from sunlight, the biggest most powerful form of solar power known to man! Here is an interesting article in…

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Book Review – “The Vanishing Face of Gaia; A Final Warning” by James Lovelock

3. August 2009

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Book Review – “The Vanishing Face of Gaia; A Final Warning” by James Lovelock

Lovelock’s Vanishing Face of Gaia is as much an admonition of severe climatic change as it is an assertion of the scientific strength of Gaia theory. “All I do ask is that they take Gaia science seriously”, he appeals to the scientific community.

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